All has been quiet on the Memphis front for the Grizzlies so far this trade deadline. Not much in the realm of rumors, which is rare this time of year for Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace and the Memphis front office.
Last year, they made moves in the wake of the Marc Gasol injury (those trades were revisited here by our own Ross Jarrar). In the years prior, they traded for players like Ed Davis, Tayshaun Prince, Jerryd Bayless, Jeff Green, and others. But with an already veteran-filled roster, roughly the right amount of youth to develop, and a combination of a lack of assets to move/a likely resistance to trading the young pieces they do have, the Grizzlies will probably not get too crazy today.
But just in case they do...here are three names to watch.
He comes with some baggage, having been suspended for some games earlier in the season for pleading guilty to domestic violence. That will not be loved by Grizzlies fans if he is acquired in exchange for a respected player like Vince Carter and a couple of 2nd round picks. But there is no denying that Darren Collison would be a massive upgrade as a back-up point guard, and would also be able to play alongside Mike Conley for stretches of time to let Mike be off the ball more. He is a career 37.9% three point shooter and is averaging 13.7 points per game.
With the Kings appearing to be in fire sale mode after the DeMarcus Cousins trade, Collison may be able to be had.
Again, this isn’t based off of any rumor. But if Memphis is not sure they want to invest long-term in Green, this will be their last opportunity to get something from his departure. JaMychal has proven at this point that he is at minimum a rotation player on any team in the NBA and can potentially be a starter, depending on the needs of your roster. He can defend, he can help space the floor, and if you’re a team with a lot of cap room this summer paying him $12 million or so won’t be as impactful as it would be to the Grizzlies. Tagging him on to a veteran contract like Vince Carter’s could increase your possible targets in a trade.
It’s unlikely that JaMychal is moved. Remember, this is names to watch for. A possible glimpse in to the future of the power forward position in Memphis could happen today.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reported last night that the Lakers are looking for a 2nd round pick to part with Young, and the Grizzlies have plenty of those. Yes, Memphis already has a ton of wings, but you can never have enough shooters and Nick Young is currently shooting 41.3% from three this season. Memphis fans are familiar with Young’s shooting acumen from his Clippers days (will not mention it again)- having that type of quick-hitter from deep coming off the bench alongside a James Ennis or Troy Daniels would make the post offense of Zach Randolph and the pick and roll expertise of Brandan Wright that much more potent.
Does a Carter and a 2nd for Young swap make sense? It would be an upgrade in shooting, but would certainly be a step back in leadership. How much is that worth? A question the Grizzlies will have to ask themselves today.
Memphis seems to like the pieces they have in place already, and they surely see Brandan Wright and Chandler Parsons as acquisitions through health, in addition to possibly signing Toney Douglas for the rest of the season later this week. Expect the quiet to remain with the Grizzlies. If rumors start to buzz, however, these names are ones to look for with regard to both immediate and long-term plans in Memphis.